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Democracy Now! Friday, December 12, 2003


Published December 12, 2003


Headlines
Pentagon: Halliburton Overcharges U.S. $61M
Bush Defends Icing Out Anti-War Nations From Contracts
Report: Hundreds of Civilian Deaths In Iraq Were Preventable
Iraq Suicide Bomber Infiltrates U.S. Base, Kills 1
U.S. Predicts More Assassinations In Iraq
Chief U.S. Compound in Baghdad Shelled
More Headlines…

Halliburton and Private Military Contractors Strike it Rich in Iraq
A Pentagon audit finds that Halliburton overcharged the U.S. government by as much as $61 million for gasoline delivered to Iraq. We go to Basra to speak with CorpWatch’s Pratap Chatterjee about Iraqi reconstruction and the more than 10,000 private military contractors on the ground in Iraq.

Kucinich & Braun Blast ABC For Reducing Campaign Coverage
ABC News announced it will stop having producers travel full time with the presidential campaigns of Carol Moseley Braun, Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton a day after ABC News’ Ted Koppel hosted the democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire.

The network says it’s a routine coverage decision, but the move has angered Braun and Kucinich—particularly after the Ohio congressman had a testy exchange with Koppel during Tuesday’s debate. Kucinich criticized Koppel for beginning with a question about Al Gore’s endorsement of Howard Dean. Later, he was angered when Koppel asked whether he, Braun or Sharpton are “in this as sort of a vanity candidacy.”

We speak with Kucinich and Moseley-Braun and we hear from ABC News.

Singer-Songwriter Michelle Shocked Performs Live in Our Firehouse Studios
Singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked joins us in our firehouse studios to play three musical interludes.


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